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Wedding Reception Theme Ideas
After selecting a broad wedding reception theme, even if it is quite clichéd, it is easy to incorporate unique addition ideas to make the overall affair distinctive. The following wedding themes are just an idea and one can go beyond them to come up with something interesting and unparalleled.
The 'Alice in Wonderland' theme was successfully utilized in the recent celebrity wedding of Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz. It was perfectly complemented by the decor, the location and the planning. For those who want to get a little more unique than that, themes like Rapunzel and Thumbelina can be tried.
If one wishes to go for a chapter from these classics, one can try the tea party theme, portraying Alice's tea episode, with the Red and White Queens. Tea party themes can be completed with English garden locations and dainty tea sets with silver filigree. The meals can consist of cucumber and cheese sandwiches, and other finger foods.
Go Green with Nature
Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller also incorporated green color in their wedding reception theme. Everything, from the table settings to the menus, from the decorations to the costumes, highlighted the nature theme. One can incorporate this idea in their reception, in the forms of eco-friendly, earthy and elemental themes (earth, fire, wind and water).
The Three Worlds
Use the heaven, hell and earth themes to get wicked with your imaginative planning. Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z implemented the heaven theme to good perfection, complete with white dress codes and orchid arrangements.
If heaven is too sweet for you, try the 'hot and spicy' hell theme. Don't shy away from the tails and horn, after all, what's hell without the entire works. Give the location and decor a sizzling, hot, red look. Blood red roses can also be used for good effect.
Try coconut shell centerpieces, lined with seashells and orchids. Floating candles in water filled bowls can spice up the occasion when the event is scheduled late in the evening or night. The doorkeepers can be asked to greet everyone with an 'Aloha' to give the final touches to the grand occasion.
Try the Irish, Spanish or Italian cultures. They sure add to the fun of your reception. For example, while aiming for the Tuscan way of life, get muted yellow lights to create that perfect ambiance. The live band can play 'Italiano' music and the decor should generally be centered around daisies and other fresh flowers.
What's Italian without a pizza. Mini pizzas can be perfect finger foods for the occasion. Try for a cobbled location to get the feel of the place right.
If you have a large family, get personal with your theme. Decorate the venue with pictures of past family weddings. Try different effects like black and white, sepia and colored in alternation. Get personal with the table settings and other decorations as well. Try anything you like, you can have seashells, mini lanterns, homemade potpourri, candles, etc.
Get innovative with goldfish bowls, potted plants, pine cones and acorns. There's no cap on your imagination and it is your creativity that gets this theme into the list.
Get creative with straw and silk. The menu can consist of seasonal fruit recipes and the decor can be fresh, bright, sunny and airy. One can also take seasonal festival themes, like Valentines and Christmas. The decor and planning will differ with the themed event in question.
The wedding reception is an opportunity for the bride and groom to mingle and thank the people who have come and witnessed their marriage. It is organized for showing gratitude towards all those that have participated in the joy and celebration of the happy couple. Remember these ideas, while organizing your wedding reception to make it a big success.